Wednesday Words: Tweak


verb (used with object)

  1. to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist: to tweak someone’s ear; to tweak someone’s nose.
  2. to pull or pinch the nose of, especially gently: He tweaked the baby on greeting.
  3. to make a minor adjustment to: to tweak a computer program.


  1. an act or instance of tweaking; a sharp, twisting pull or jerk.

I love how the word tweak sounds. It’s one of those words that really sound like what they describe–not an onomatopoeia, but it just feels right in my head, in my mouth.

It’s also one of my husband’s favorite characters on South Park (yeah, my husband’s weird that way. 🙂 ).

Here’s an example of how I used the word in To Growl or to Groan:

“Your drink count is five, but I still don’t think that’s the issue. So what’s going on?” He tweaks my nose again.

I might bite him if he does that again, feeling as uncharitable as I do at the moment.

What are some of your favorite words that sound good to you?